Welcome to the Resy Lineup, your regular fix of recommendations on what to eat, drink, and see — updated on a bi-weekly basis.
In this week’s edition: a one-off autumnal dinner between two sustainability champions, the undisputed MVP of London Cocktail Week, and a new residency in Borough Market.
Week of October 12
The Event Invite
The restaurant industry isn’t out of the woods by a long shot, but it’s encouraging to see some of lockdown’s grafters doing exciting things. First up: Sustainable fine diner Fallow, who are collaborating with Valentine Warner on a one-off autumnal dinner paired to gin cocktails from Northumberland-based Hepple spirits. Meanwhile in Whitechapel, cult favourites Rita’s and Manteca are teaming up for a triple collaboration at Townsend that all the cool kids will be at. Expect superlative hand-rolled pastas, lots of natty wine, and plenty of creative flourishes from Rita’s main man Gabriel Pryce.
The Drink Proposal
It’s London Cocktail Month, so, unsurprisingly, it’s a great time to sip some delicious cocktails. Top of your list should be the excellent Tayēr + Elementary near Old Street for ultra-creative, cutting edge cocktails. They’re offering paired cocktail and food tasting menus that change weekly to focus on a single spirit through the month; first up, Moët + Veuve Clicquot, followed by Ardberg Single Malt, finishing with Eminente Rum.
The Restaurant Rec
In London terms, 10 Greek Street is practically a classic restaurant at this point. Chef-owner Cameron Emirali’s seasonal, Mediterranean-tinged cooking takes the best elements of Spanish, French, and Italian cuisine and grafts it to British ingredients, in a buzzing space that captures why we all moved to London in the first place. Want to know where you can get a glass of wine in Soho for three quid? It’s here. As a bonus to the light, produce-driven dishes the restaurant is known for, the kitchen has knocked it out of the park with its new pizzas, and the black book of wine is as enticing as ever.
The Weekend Pairing
October could be the last time that it’s socially acceptable to visit the seaside before it becomes winter. Hop on the train to Brighton from London Bridge (or Victoria) for a day at the beach or an afternoon exploring Brighton Pavilion. Afterwards, jump into a hot sauna at Beach Box, before plunging into the ocean — if you’re lucky, you can catch a murmuration (a balletic aerial dance of starlings) between the piers before sunset. Top it all off with an early dinner at the award-winning Cin Cin in Brunswick Town, where relaxed Italian plates like arancini of south coast crab, or agnolotti of salmon with zucchini fritti and truffled mushroom duxelle have received much critical acclaim.
From the Tipline
For the first time, the beloved Kitty Fishers in Mayfair is delivering autumnal supper boxes to diners across the city, with hearty dishes like pot roast duck leg with lentils and quince, and a blackberry and apple ‘mess’. Over in Borough Market, talented chef Tom Cenci is embarking on a residency at Stoney Street — his openings menus will focus on championing lesser-known cuts of grass-fed Irish beef, like feather blade or onglet, with a style complementing the restaurant’s slow, seasonal approach to food.